Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction

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"I enthusiastically recommend this important book. It will stimulate much needed reaction and interaction among students of psychoanalysis, psychology, social theory, cultural studies and politics." Contemporary Psychology

"An interestingly comprehensive book on psychoanalysis and its bearing on social challenge and change." Radical Philosophy

"Anthony Elliott opts for a vigorously critical synoptic view, attempting to present both the strengths and weaknesses of classical psychoanalysis, ego psychology, object relations theory, Klienian theory, Lacanian and post-Lacanian theory. In this book he strives to articulate the positive contribution of all branches, but he also searches deftly for the blind spots and problems of each psychoanalytic school." Hysteria: Body, Medicine, Text

"Anthony Elliott is quickly emerging as a one-person industry, intent in all of his writings to demonstrate both the relevance and the importance of psychoanalytic theory for critical social analysis...Psychoanalytic Theory is more than an introduction in the conventional sense...Elliott is boldly attempting to restore psychoanalysis relevant to a critical social theory but fundamentally respectful of human capacity for change and self-transformation." Thesis Eleven

"Elliott succeeds, in Psychoanalytic Theory, in showing that psychoanalytic theorists must explain not only how numerous cultural processes and social intsitutions structure the subject, but how the subject can meaningfully structure culture and social institutions...Elliott is especially attentive to postmodern challenges of notions of the self and self-knowledge, as well as to the responsive critiques of postmodernism within psychoanalytic theory." Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society

ANTHONY ELLIOTTt is Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of the West of England. He was formerly ARC Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of The Mourning of John Lennon, Social Theory and Psychoanalysis in Transition (Free Association Books), Concepts of the Self (forthcoming from Polity), editor of The Blackwell Reader in Contemporary Social Theory, Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory (Sage, with Bryan Turner) and Freud 2000 (Polity).

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"Anthony Elliott has rapidly established himself as a major writer in the field of psychoanalysis and social theory. In this new edition of Psychoanalytic Theory, he offers a masterful tracing of key psychoanalytic ideas and shows how they arise from, and feed back into, some of the central cultural concerns of our time." ---Stephen Frosh, Professor of Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London

"Anthony Elliott understands psychoanalysis on its own terms. He also understands contemporary societies and that the study of these societies must focus on the intersection of the unconscious and the social. Elliott's comprehensive treatment of various psychoanalytic traditions and the more recent critical revisions of such traditions by feminist theorists is a gift for scholars in social science and the humanities. Surely, Psychoanalytic Theory is an excellent example of social studies across borders. I love teaching the book and both undergraduates and graduates find the book engaging and informative."---Patricia Clough, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, City University of New York

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What is psychoanalytic criticism? What are the connections between psychoanalysis and contemporary theory? In this book written for both newcomers and those already familiar with the discipline, Anthony Elliott offers a comprehensive survey of contemporary psychoanalysis, and explores its most important theoretical disputes.

Psychoanalytic Theory offers a clear guide to the central theoretical standpoints in modern psychoanalysis. Elliott provides lucid interpretations of the thought of key psychoanalytic theorists, such as Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Kohut, Lacan and Laplanche. It also examines the important political and cultural dimensions of psychoanalytic studies, from feminism to postmodernism.

Judicious, authoritative and written in an accessible style, this book is an invaluable guide to the central debates in psychoanalysis and contemporary theory. It will be essential reading for students and professionals of psychoanalysis, psychology, social theory, cultural studies and politics.

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